1. The board, operating as a whole, recognizes its primary accountability to ATLA. Consequently, the board seeks to understand and bring the values of the broad ownership into the board’s decisions.

a. What do you see as the challenges of understanding the broad and diverse views of our organization’s ownership?

b. What are your thoughts and/or experiences with regard to understanding the perspectives of an audience such as our ownership?

2. The board’s job is to govern. As such it has chosen to use a system of governance in which it clearly determines results the organization is to produce, for whom, and at what worth (Ends) and delegates their achievement to the CEO while authorizing her, within pre-stated limits, to choose the means of achievement. This frees the board to be proactive rather than reactive; primarily focused on the future, rather than the past or present; and emphasizing strategic leadership, rather than administrative detail.

a. What has been your experience in determining what future-based outcomes should be for an organization?

b. What are the strengths you would bring to that process?

3. As noted above, the board’s governance system does not prescribe means to achieve the Ends. Consequently, assuring that the organization achieves what it should and avoids what is unacceptable, is neither about the board approving programs and activities nor about checking to see that such activities were done. Instead, the board applies a high level of rigor in monitoring achievement of Ends and ensuring that the CEO has complied with the board-stated limitations.

a. Have you had any comparable monitoring experience?

b. What would you bring to the process?

4. The board speaks with one voice. Translated this means that the board makes decisions and has authority as a whole group, not as individuals. In practice, this means that board members are expected to deliberate openly and candidly, seeking to understand diverse viewpoints. Yet when a decision is made by majority rule, all board members respect the decision when speaking externally.

a. What has been your experience in deliberating in a diverse group?

b. If others were to describe how you operate in groups, what would they say?

 

These questions are taken from:  Richard Stringham, “Does Your Electorate have the Information it Needs to Select the Best Candidates?”, REALBoard Advisor, vol. 19, No. 1, January 2014, pp. 8-9.